Volunteers began their work Nov. 5 in Lebanon, according to Tory Tredway, director of Wilson Habitat for Humanity.
New homeowner Rosa Coronado moved to Middle Tennessee from Peru to join her mother and sisters and works at a local shoe distribution warehouse. For the past two years, she and her son have lived in what she feels is an unsafe environment. Her current trailer has mold, which caused her son to have asthma. She hopes the journey to homeownership will show her son that he can afford a home one day, too. Coronado hopes to become an elementary school teacher like she was in Peru.
The Habitat for Humanity homeownership program is for families and individuals who can’t qualify for a traditional mortgage. Future Habitat homeowners commit to a yearlong process of homeownership classes, volunteering at the ReStore and working on the build site alongside sponsors and volunteers. Habitat homes are not free. The homeowners pay an interest-free 30-year mortgage, which makes the home affordable. The many sponsors that help fund the home’s construction make it possible.
“First of all, I would like to thank God for making this possible,” Coronado said Sunday. “I also thank the Habitat team for their great help. I would also like to thank all the volunteers who came out to help build. I’m excited for this journey in my life. May God bless everyone, and I am deeply grateful from the bottom of my heart.”
Sponsors for the build included Manheim Nashville, St. Stephen Catholic Community, the Memorial Foundation, A.O. Smith Foundation-Lochinvar, First Tennessee Bank, Spectra Energy, Rotary Club of Lebanon Foundation, Lebanon Whip Crackin’ Rodeo, Georgia-Pacific Foundation, Rochelle, McCulloch & Aulds; and WestRock.
“Several key companies and organizations in Wilson County sponsored the community build this fall, and once again we see the impact of a caring community. Company employees and representatives worked side-by-by side with Rosa to build her home, a memorable experience for the volunteers, as well as Rosa,” said Tredway.
“We are thankful for the participation of each sponsoring company and group. Without their involvement, this build would not have been possible. Building this home for Rosa and her 6-year-old son was truly a community effort.”
The work of Habitat in Wilson County began in 1992, and Wilson Habitat has now built 69 houses and renovated three, serving 71 households. To request an application or to receive more information about Wilson Habitat for Humanity, call 615-453-4539 or visit habitatnashville.org/divisions/wilson.